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Baby who died outside an Indianapolis Auto Zone confirmed as ‘hot car’ death


Forty-one children in the U.S. have died in hot cars this year. (RobLopshire/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A 1-year-old girl who died after she was found unresponsive in a car outside an Auto Zone in Indianapolis in May was confirmed as a “hot car” death by the Marion County Coroner’s office.

The cause of death was listed “environmental heat exposure.”

It is unknown how long the child was in the car.

Maria Guadalupe Sanchez’s death raised the number of children to die in a hot car in the United States so far in 2019 to 41.

So far no criminal charges have been filed following the incident.

Kids and Cars said in a statement Friday that the organization was working on federal legislation that would require cars to have technology to help prevent hot car deaths.

On Friday, parents and grandparents of children who died or suffered injuries inside hot cars sent a letter to General Motors asking the car manufacturer to equip its cars, trucks and SUVs with technology to help prevent future tragedies.

“Unfortunately, even though GM made a commitment to the public that this technology would be rolled out in 2004, that promise remains unfulfilled. Year after year child deaths have mounted and GM has ignored and failed to act while knowing there are solutions,” the victims’ families wrote.